Melinda's Garden Moment: Transplanting Houseplants


      Stuntedgrowth, roots growing out of the drainage holes and water running right throughthe pot are just a few clues your houseplant may need a bigger container. Andif the pot is filled with roots you know it's time to make the move.

      Select a container with drainage holesand only one size bigger than the existing pot.Making the leap to a pot too large can lead to root rot.

      Gentlyloosen or slice through any girdling roots to encourage them to grow into thesurrounding soil instead of continuing to encircle the rootball.

      Usefresh potting mix and set the plant in the pot so it is growing at the samedepth it was before. Water thoroughly to remove any air pockets and adjust yourwatering schedule as needed.

      Youcan divide some plants like wire vine, that have outgrown their pot. Simply cutit into halves or fourths and place in a pot slightly larger than the roots.

      Keep the potting mix in your container whilestill letting the water drain out the bottom.Place a coffee filter over the bottom of the pot. The paper keeps the potting mix in and allowsthe water to drain out. The roots willbegin to fill the pot and hold the soil in place about the time the paperbegins to deteriorate.

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